Gillespie in Macoupin County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Macoupin & Chestnut Streets
This was the scene at this corner in the years 1926 -1930. The Dippold Drug Store was a thriving business located on this corner during these years when Route 66 ran through Gillespie.
Prominent Gillespie resident, Lincoln Loveless, and his wife Flora are shown proudly posing with their new 1926 Franklin auto.
The 1919 WWI soldier statue, originally displayed at this intersection, was erected to honor the fallen soldiers and sailors of the first World War. The monument was later removed due to traffic safety concerns. The original base can be seen today a few bocks north near the Gillespie Fire station. The statue was lost and replaced with an eagle.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • War, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1919.
Location. 39° 7.596′ N, 89° 48.987′ W. Marker is in Gillespie, Illinois, in Macoupin County. Memorial is at the intersection of West Chestnut Street and South Macoupin Street (State Route 4), on the right when traveling west Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 S Macoupin St, Gillespie IL 62033, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Founding of the Progressive Miners of America (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Heart of Coal Country (about 600 feet away); Dedicated to the Soldiers and Sailors of Gillespie (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Miners Cemetery at Mt. Olive, Illinois (approx. 5½ miles away); Soulsby Shell Station, Mt. Olive, Illinois (approx. 5.8 miles away); Ill. Traction System (approx. 8.1 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gillespie.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2022, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 13, 2022, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.